One of the dampest and most stable skis in the category, the Collective 105 refuses to get bucked around by buried crust and groomer debris. We favored this rockered, wood-core ski for blasting groomers with a few inches of fresh snow on top, but it’s equally adept in the alpine bowls, moving from chalky steep snow, to wind-battered sastrugi, to crystalline nieve penitente—look the last two up. The even flex and round turn make for predictable handling. “Soft, yet stable, with endless grip,” said a tester.
Swami gripe: The traditional build means Head hasn’t pulled much weight from the tip and tail. That’s a demerit when you want to pivot and slarve in tight trees or oversized bumps, but it’s a merit when you want to haul arse in the big wide-open.
Swami like: Need to fill out your quiver? The price is right.
Overall: 4.2 Sluffability: 4.8 Hard Snow Pleasure: 4.2 Dimensions: 146/105/128